Diagnosis on Cosmic Blues: A Genesis by Cosmos III

Book Name         : Cosmic Blue: A Genesis                        
Author                 : Cosmos III
Publisher             : Cyberwit.net
ISBN                   : 978-81-8253-236-6
Number of Pages : 78
Binding                : Paperback
Pub Date              : 2012

Rating : 5.0


   1.      Global Blues
The poem might come under the classification of a didactic poetry and eclogue. Poet expresses his exasperation caused by the deteriorating health of human race due to their unhealthy lifestyles.
   2.      Pojo
This is an elegy. Author laments the death of Pojo, who was presumably murdered. The pain and anger is well conveyed. It is constructed in four foul lined stanzas and a three lined envoy
   3.      Pony Time:
A metaphysical poem as the title suggests. Poet illustrated his stand on the Lakota preservation metaphorically
  4.      Naked neutrality
Is it an aubade? It can be or cannot be. I explains dusk and dawn beautifully. The simile between dusk and ebony sheet, moon and atlas globe etc are incomparably brilliant.  
  5.      A cool Manifesto
The poet explains what his poetry is all about. For the sake of classification, it could be placed under Ars Poetica but it is not a typical Ars poetica.
  6.      International Madness
It’s an eclogue which strongly laments terrorism.
  7.      Wallowa Valley Blues
The poet who has solid stand on every issues, took up the Wallowa valley issue in this poem. Chief Joseph Elder (Tuekakas) led of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce, a Native American tribe indigenous to the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon, in the interiorPacific Northwest region of the United States. The poem is about his incessant effort to preserve Wallowa valley. The poem explains the non-treaty and treaty bands of Nez Perce
  8.      Year of the Bone
The issues of poverty has never been depicted more effectively and metaphorically. Pain of poverty depicted beautifully!!
  9.      Ella, A haunted mother in the house of darkness
The poem is out the pain of  Ella O'Neill . Divided into Telesis and Genesis,the poem describes the pain of Ella when she lost her son, and her morphine addiction post partum in the Telesis and its natural counterpart in Genesis.
  10.  A Protégé of Copernicus in Naples.
A depiction of how the intellect of Copernicus and Galileo were crushed under the prejudiced. Another fine poem with similes, is also divided into Genesis and Telesis. Surprisingly poet showed a new interest in sonnets and rhymes.
  11.  A Cosmic Sun
For the ease of reviewing, poet himself has explained his poem in the title- An astronomical, spatial and multidimensional portrait of Chinese revolutionary, first president and founding father of the Republic of China – Sun Yat-Sen. Every line starts with the letter S. Can this be called Anaphora? Well, frankly I don’t know.
  12.  The Scarlet Silencers in Canyon De Chelly
This is a prose poetry, which explains the atrocities of the Canyon De Chelly combat.
  13.  Cosmic Metamorphosis: A Twentieth Century Galileo
This is a sonnet with ‘abab’ rhyming pattern in each stanza. The poem wails the rejection faced by Immanuel Velikovsky and proclaims that he is the twentieth century Galileo.
  14.  El Greco’s Midnight from an East Mediterranean Island
Author dedicates this sonnet to Domenico Thetocopuli, the painter, sculptor and architect of Spanish Renaissance.
  15.  Spinoza’s Cinema From Spanish Jewish Opus
Another dedication to Baruch/ Benedict Spinoza. This poem is a free verse.
  16.  The Dread: A Thermo Electric Duet.
Another free verse dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe
  17.  The Quintessential Quaker in Cromwell’s Palace.
The poem explains how George Fox, with his writings and words, influenced Oliver Cromwell
  18.  Free Speech in Hyde Park
Author’s admirations towards great writers, thinkers, artists take another turn in this poem where he explains how George Bernard Shaw encapsulated people with his electric words
  19.  The Sea
The poet depicts sea as a sultry, seductive woman who entices the men if treated well and destroys everything if wronged.
  20.  Shooting the pill on Westmoreland’s Dustbowl court: The Sycamore Extension
Another shape poem with embellishment of metaphors
  21.  A summer Observatory.
The poet is a nature lover. He describes the clouds, sky and the surroundings of a summer day with so much passion. A picnic under the summer sky makes the reader want to go for one.
  22.  Eden’s Tomb: The Lords of Asphalt VS The Serf Children
A poem for the games? Only he could do it because he is as unpredictable.
  23.  A Promethium comet in an age of reformation.
Martin Luther’s reformation theory is compared to a Promethium comet. A fiery symbolism with stupendous verses.
  24.  An azygous shepherd in the day of the daily wolf.
A account of adventurous religious like of John bunyan.
  25.  Virginia, A premature epithalamium in a Fordham cottage: A super dream from the last capitol of confederacy.
If I say more about this poem, it would be a spoiler. The title says it all. Well, I would say just this: It is about Virginia Clemm Poe, wife of Edgar Allen Poe. Another Telesis and genesis dichotomy.
  26.  The altruistic academician in critia’s palace in the ante-bellum and post Peloponnesian war.
Another dedication. This time to Socrates. The highlight is the Genesis where in Athenia and Athen’s story is depicted.
  27.  The Reunion of five abominable beings.
This is a short story. The craziest story I have ever read. Why? Because the climax is the icing on the cake. My hands itches to type the climax but I will leave it for the readers.
  28.  A Prairie Beast: A collision of Dual worlds.
Another short story; or a mini story??

This is all about the 26 poems and 2 short stories of Cosmic Blues: A Genesis. I must say that I had to do some research in order to review the book since most of the poems were dedications to great philosophers , writers, activists, some of whom, were new to me; TO BE Frank. This was such a learning experience. A very unconventional poetry collection, which did not concur much with the usual meters, rhymes, and figures of speech. Wherever he applied the meter, he nailed it. A Zenith of metaphor, Culmination of beauty, Pinnacle of poetic justice.
I read each poem more than three times because each time a new meaning dawned before me. I was reluctant in posting a review because I was wondering if a new meaning would pop out.
All poems are equally good but my favorite ones are
v  Ella, A haunted mother in the house of darkness
v  Year of the Bone
v  The Reunion of five abominable beings.
This is the first time a book gets a five star from me.  I had buried the poet in me long back but this book is incessantly nagging me to pursue it. Such a compelling and beautiful book. I had to change my general layout of reviews since I could not find any negatives.
Thank you cyberwit.net for this beautiful book.

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About the Author

Cosmos III's Poetry has been published in Piedmont Literary Review, Poetry Express Club Quarterly Poetry Contest Leaflet, Negative Capability, International Poetry Review, Pegasus : Special Prize Poems Issues, The Independent Review, Ariel V, Thematic Poetry Quarterly, Poetry South, Orphic Lute, Passages VII-VIII, Word and Image: The Illustrated Journal, Shakespeare Inc. Quarterly, Shooting Star Review, Dawn Magazine, Quartz Hill Journal of Theology, The Fractal: Journal of Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Paradoxist Movement, Dream International Quarterly : Dreams and Fantasy, Ellipsis, Quaker Life : A Ministry of Friends United Meeting, Eotu, Black Buzzard Review, Onionhead Literary Review, Seedcloud, Earthwise Poetry Calendar, Prophetic Voices: An International Literary Journal, Felicity, The Journal of the National Society of Minority Writers and Artists (NSMWA), San Fernando Poetry Journal, Raven's Tale : Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Suspense, Puerto Del Sol, Transformation Times, Penumbra : 1995 Poetry And Haiku From The Tallahassee Writers' Association Annual Competition, the Fringe : The Literary Journal of The Alameda Writers Group and The Serpent's Tail: A Seasonal Journal.    
His poetry has also been published in The Blacklist : Final Issue, New Millennium, Beatnik Soup: An Art & Literary Zine For A New Generation, The Silver, The Rat Race Record, Opossum Holler Tarot, Antiskios, Discombobulation, Aileron: A Literary Journal of Poems And Prose For The Erudite, Alternative Realities, Ophelia's Web, Shockbox : the Literary / Art Magazine With Teeth, READ ME, Seamonkeys From Guatemala, Wit's End, A New World Rising, Antigone, And I Crawled : Pourous Outpourings, Chaos Into Power, Live and Let Live, Aspects Metazine, People's Culture, Black and Red : Newsletter of the Anarchist Caucaus, the Fire Fly : a tiny glow in a forest of darkness, Wind Chill Factor : A Free Form Journal, Free Lunch : A Poetry Journal, The Freedom Socialist : Voice of Revolutionary Feminism, Struggle : A Magazine of Proletarian Revolutionary Literature, Bayou La Rose Resistance to the Columbus Quincentennial Issue, Subconscious Soup : The Magazine of Free Thought and the Counter Culture, Industrial Worker : The Voice of Revolutionary Unionism, Anarchy : A Journal of Desire Armed and The Village Idiot.
His poetry has been further published in Native American Indian Community, The Suquamish News: Suquamish Tribe, The Eagle, Honor Digest, Acorns From The Royal Oak, Back To The Blanket : A Basically Cherokee Native American Journal, Azure Plume, The Spike : The Original Newsletter on Native East Coast Events, Kheppera, Psychic's Path, Spirit Walker Newsletter, Pan-American Indian News, The Wvnamco Journal, Being, Dream Network Journal : Cross Cultural Perspectives on Dream & Myth, Talking Stick : Adirondack Bioregional Journal, Native American Voice Newsletter, Robert "Great Warrior" Newsletter, Shenandoah Newsletter, United Lumbee Nation Times, Medicine Ways (Métis Medicine Circle), On Indian Land : Support For Native Sovereignty, Akwekon Literary Journal, Amerrikua : Land of The Four Winds : A Cultural Review, Talking Raven : A Journal of Imaginative Trouble, SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literatures), Notes from Taychopera : The Wiccan / Pagan Press Alliance, The Ghost Jacket Commentaries and Spirit of Crazy Horse.
His poetry has been internationally published in Yakima Nation Review (Yakima Nation), Arrows To Freedom Newsletter : Drumheller Native Brotherhood of Indian and Métis (Canada), Kola (Canada), DENAR (Belgium), Vision Seeker & Sharer (United Kingdom), Rashi (New Zealand), New Breed Journal (Canada), No Sanctuary : Resistance Zine From Europe (Switzerland) Armchair (United Kingdom), En Plein (Switzerland), Sivullinen (Finland), Paris / Atlantic : International Magazine of Creative Work (France), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Chang Jiang Literature & Art (People's Republic of China) and Zuo Jia (People's Republic of China).
His poetry has been variously published in the anthologies American Poetry Annual, The National Poetry Anthology, Many Voices / Many Lands, On The Threshold of A Dream, Poetic Voices of America, Through A Poet's Eye, American Poetry Anthology, World of Verse, Voice of The Poet, A Time To Be Free, Footprints On Our Hearts, Rainbows & Roses, Hands of Time, Stormy Weather and Voices On The Wind. Some of his poems have been on display in the offices of peace, ecological - environmental and Indigenous Nations Organizations and Causes and in progressive, radical and revolutionary bookstores.
He has been among the winners in the Irene Leache Memorial Short Story Contest (Norfolk State College division), Poetry Express Club Quarterly Poetry Contest, Piedmont Literary Society Contests, Poet's Study Club International Contest (Terre Haute, Indiana), All Nations Poetry Contests, The Writer's Exchange Poetry Contest, Quill Poetry Competition, Poetry Forum Newsletter Contest, Kentucky State Poetry Society Contests, Salute to the Arts Poetry Contests (Triton College's International Poetry Contest), New York City Poetry Forum Contests, the Poetry Arts Project Contest, Big Easy Sonnet Award Contest, Oklahoma Branch of the National League of American Pen Women's Literary Contest, Penumbra Poetry Contest and Poetry Society of Virginia Contest.
His short fiction has been published in Piedmont Literary Review, The Independent Review, The Journal of The National Society of Minority Writers and Artists (NSMWA), Red Clay, Subconscious Soup : The Magazine of Free Thought and the Counter Culture and Akwesasne Notes : A Journal for Native and Natural Peoples.
He is currently working on Cosmic Portraits From the "Last Capitol Of The Confederacy" - a first book of poetry; Ghost Shirt Thing : An Avant - Grade, Impressionistic and Revolutionary Wild West Novel - a first novel; The Prairie Beast and 3 Tales - a first collection of short fiction; Saint Joan of Arc, The Mysterious Phenomena and New Mathematical Revelations and Prophecies : A Special Cosmic Tribute - a first nonfiction manuscript ; and The Lakota Satayallah In The "Last Capitol Of The Wild West" - a one - act drama.
He graduated with a diploma in Printing from Danville Community College (DCC) and later returned to major in Liberal Arts and then transferred to Norfolk State College (NSC) where he graduated cum laude (honors) with a B.A. degree in Sociology and an Associate degree in Education. He studied further at Averett College, Old Dominion University and the University of Virginia.
He has been variously employed as an offset printing pressman, a mobile homes construction laborer, CETA school teacher, substitute teacher, short-order cook, printing bindery technician, a residential child-care teacher, dishwasher, and laborer. Cosmos III was born in Danville, Virginia and currently resides in Camp Springs, Maryland (USA). This is Cosmos III’s first book.

Reviewed for the CYBERWIT.NET(Publisher)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy from the Author in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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